Boateng Joins Genoa

18 August 2010 08:01
But is to be loaned to AC Milan. Kevin-Prince Boateng has signed for Genoa for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £5.5 million.However, if you thought some of Pompey's past transfer arrangements were slightly strange (Manuel Fernandes, anyone?) then you'll be happy to know that we're not the only club who can add a twist to a transfer deal.Genoa will loan Boateng to AC Milan for the upcoming Serie A campaign, with their president claiming that the World Cup "was a good shop window for him, but one cannot rely on a World Cup alone." He then goes on to say "Will he return to Genoa? He could do, but in a way I hope he doesn't. If Milan buy him outright then it'll mean we both saw this as a great player and Genoa would have made a healthy profit."That statement pretty much sums up the worst in a big number of football club owners/presidents these days, doesn't it? He's only interested in the money, never mind the fact that his club have signed a quality player who should help them reach the top four of the league, after Genoa fell away last season after a very strong first half. Now Boateng is going to help one of their rivals cement their place at the top of the Italian tree.But hey, Pompey have received what I would call a fair fee for a quality player with a questionable attitude at times. I'm intrigued as to how the Ghanian will perform when the Rosseneri play in this season's Champions League. I think he'll do well so long as he doesn't take penalties.In other Genoa news, Anthony Vanden Borre has rejected a loan move back to Fratton Park and looks like being borrowed by Cologne for the season. I'm very disappointed to hear this news, as I think the Belgian would have been a great player at Championship level.Pompey have also released youngsters Danijel Subotic, Jordan Hughes, Gael Nlundulu and Gautier Mahoto from their contracts after failing to make the grade.